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Domestic Violence: Why Does She Stay? Why Doesn’t He Stop?

July 10th, 2010

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Support for the Survivor: BE REAL

February 23rd, 2010

What can you do when someone reveals abuse? B – Believe her and believe in her* E – Educate yourself; share your knowledge R – Reassure her that is was not her fault E – Empower with information and resources A – Ask what you can do and do your best L – Listen without judgment to what is said *It is estimated that at least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will be a victim of abuse violence in their lifetime. The female pronoun is used for both genders. Created by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor\’s Story founder of The Project for... Read More

The Isolation of Domestic Abuse

October 26th, 2009

Excerpt paraphrased from Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor\’s Story Not long after the marriage ceremony, my new husband, Todd, wanted to buy land in Chandler, Arizona. He said we could get rich quick on the land while living cheap in a trailer. I was only twenty-one, and I objected to moving out of Tempe, away from my Arizona State University campus friends. Todd threw fits, until it seemed easier to comply with his wishes than to confront his temper. So we moved deep into the desert, past the dairy farm and the rodeo arena, where the alfalfa fields were newly zoned for mobile homes. It... Read More

The Invisible Forms of Domestic Abuse – Article 2

October 6th, 2009

In this series for October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, author Lynn C. Tolson examines the aspects of insidious forms of domestic abuse. What is emotional abuse, and how does it pertain to domestic violence? Emotional or mental abuse occurs when one partner attempts to make the other feel bad about herself. Emotional/mental abuse often crosses lines with psychological abuse. These forms of abuse are destructive to self-esteem and self-confidence. Here is part of Lynn\’s story to illustrate emotional abuse: When I was nineteen, I was involved with a man eighteen years older than me.... Read More

The Invisible Signs of Domestic Violence – Article 1

October 6th, 2009

Your friend says of a mutual friend, “Her husband is abusing her.” Does the image on the left come to mind? Or do you think of an abused woman as beaten and battered, with black eyes and broken bones? Yet, some forms of domestic violence are invisible. In 1976, when I was twenty-two years old, a friend and I were standing in the kitchen of my apartment. Sally was a seamstress, and she was pinning the waist of my skirt for alterations. We were chatting comfortably. My husband of a year burst into the apartment. He scared me; my body froze. As if I were not in the room, he stated, “She wouldn\’t... Read More

Journal Writing 101

March 10th, 2008

Have you ever seen a beautiful blank journal in a bookstore and wondered what you could write in it? Did you receive a blank journal as a gift, and it is still waiting for you to fill it up? Anyone can begin a journal at anytime. Journaling is a simple pursuit, requiring only pen & paper; you don\’t have to go anywhere or get anything. Journal writing is an active form of meditation. There is a connection between writing and spirit. What you put into your journal is your personal touch, keeping you in touch with what\’s important in your unique life experience. A journal may be... Read More

Going for Your Goals

January 7th, 2007

Every new year, we embark on our “New Year\’s resolutions” We resolve with conviction to solve a problem, arrive at a decision, or accomplish a goal. Some resolutions may be the same as last year and the year before. We resolve to lose weight or gain income; quit smoking, drinking, or spending; attend the gym and a church; be on time for others or take time for ourselves. To achieve a resolution is actually a journey and there are methods to help us get to our destination. However, as part of the process of keeping our resolutions, we must be aware of the roadblocks. One obstacle is perfectionism.... Read More